A.J. Ratliff's career at Indiana is over

A.J. Ratliff will not return the Indiana basketball team, the school announced today. Full Story
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Hartford, CT

#1 Feb 12, 2008

Kokomo, IN

#2 Feb 12, 2008
i met this guy when he was in high school..........he spoke to some kids at the jr. high.........he was a very nice young man..........hope it is nothing major with him and he works it out

better to distance himself from a crook like calvin simson anyhow

Indianapolis, IN

#3 Feb 12, 2008
Never heard of him. Was he failing his classes? Hopefully he will get his degree.

Indianapolis, IN

#4 Feb 12, 2008
"will not return the Indiana basketball team"

Seems he should at least return the team, especially if he isn't going to play for them.

United States

#5 Feb 12, 2008
Shocking he lasted this long!
Inquiring Minds

Bloomington, IN

#6 Feb 12, 2008
What are AJ's personal issues???? It's too bad. He fought hard to get back and the team could really use his leadership down the stretch.

Evansville, IN

#7 Feb 12, 2008
AJ has obviously encountered issues that transend those associated with big time college basketball participation. Now is the time for him to work on overcoming those issues. This is in all probability a "win-win"
AJ Fan

United States

#9 Feb 12, 2008

If you read this, man take your time and get yourself together. Life is so much bigger than basketball. At some stage in life the ball stops bouncing. You went to College
to learn and grow. Get your degree and make your parents proud !!
If you ever need anything hit me up.. clbarney@sbcglobal.net.
Bummer Man

Indianapolis, IN

#10 Feb 12, 2008
That's too bad to hear about AJ.

Good Luck to you, hope you get everything worked out.
Lets go Hoosiers

United States

#12 Feb 12, 2008
Doesnt take a genius to see whats going on here. He couldnt make the grades before...he cant make the grades now. Couple that with no PT and its time for him to focus on getting his life straight before going out into the real world.

Good move by Sampson. Its tough to lose one of our few Seniors, but Sampson is doing him a big big favor.

Anyone else look at AJ this year even when he playing and wonder how this guy ever got on the court before? He isnt as good as Crawford or Ellis and this is their FIRST year in big time D1 ball.

Lexington, KY

#13 Feb 12, 2008
AJ thanks for all the memories, your heart and determination was easily perceived. Don't feel like you let the fans or anyone else down, your contributions are appreciated and will be remembered.
Corporate Greed

Green Bay, WI

#14 Feb 12, 2008
Doug wrote:
"will not return the Indiana basketball team"
Seems he should at least return the team, especially if he isn't going to play for them.
I feel for the young man. He has tried to beat the odds for a long time. Difficult childhood; hopefully he will be able to hang in there and eventually get a degree. A.J. seems like a very nice young man and every true IU fan should thank him for his efforts to the program. What a shame he can't make it to Senior night so he can be acknowledged.

Indianapolis, IN

#15 Feb 12, 2008
Doug wrote:
"will not return the Indiana basketball team"
Seems he should at least return the team, especially if he isn't going to play for them.
Your right, they should arrest him for theft.
LA Hoosier

Los Angeles, CA

#17 Feb 12, 2008
Best of luck to A.J.

Before this season, A.J. was a regular contributor. He has amazing wingspan and altheticism. His grades kept him out of the early part of the this season. And Gordon, Crawford, and Bassett claimed most of the backcourt minutes while he was ineligible.

Hopefully, we'll read updates about his basketball progress in the Herald-Times and Indy-Star.

Frankfort, IN

#19 Feb 12, 2008
It must be serious beyond grades or school, most athletes rarely quit unless they have no other option.

Could be parents or whatever else.
Sheila - Indy

Indianapolis, IN

#20 Feb 12, 2008
Hope he's OK.

Florence, KY

#21 Feb 12, 2008
Thanks for the memories. Wish you the best in all your endeavors.
no way

Carmel, IN

#24 Feb 12, 2008
does this have anything to do with that little pot issue in chicago that we hear so little about?
Why is Sampson so secretive about everything? He makes it too obvious tht he is covering things up.
I for one am tired of his crap

Indianapolis, IN

#25 Feb 12, 2008
Did he steal Sampson's cel phone? I mean what does it take to have a convicted cheater kick you off the team
Atticus Finch

Elkhart, IN

#26 Feb 12, 2008
Hopefully, this young man will transfer, get his affairs in order, and get a degree. Good luck A.J.

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